The Instant Pot is one of the hottest kitchen appliances on the market today, self-proclaimed to be “America’s #1 bestselling small kitchen appliance.” Now, the makers of Instant Pot have created a companion appliance for their popular pressure cooker – the Instant Vortex air fryer.
We’ll examine what the Instant Vortex Plus is, its key features, and how it works. We’ll also take you on a tour of an Instant Vortex unboxing, with complete descriptions of included attachments and accessories. Finally, we’ll give you our honest opinion on the product and examine customer comments. Why? Because we want to help you decide whether the Instant Vortex is right for you.
Note: Clicking the above links will take you to further information, current prices and customer reviews on Amazon.
Our Favorite Instant Vortex Plus Picks
Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven Review
What is the Instant Vortex?
The Instant Vortex is an air fryer with unique features such as rotisserie and dehydration. It has a large 10-quart capacity.
Below, we will discuss unique features offered by the Instant Vortex and describe how it works to create delicious, crispy meals every time.
Key Features of the Instant Vortex
The Instant Vortex features a large, easy to use touchscreen digital display, located on the front of the appliance. Manually set the time and temperature using the “plus” and “minus” buttons, and program your cooking style with the air fry, roast, reheat, dehydrate, and rotate functions. You can also program your own cooking presets. Temperature controls range from 105 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (F).
A feature unique among air fryers is the oven door with a large viewing window and oven light. This window allows you to check the progress of the item you are cooking without opening the door, allowing heat to escape. The oven door is removable for easy cleaning.
The Instant Vortex also sports two special cooking styles not possible in all air fryers. A rotisserie basket and rotation function allow you to cook rotisserie style. The rotating basket also “shakes” your air fried snacks for you, eliminating the need to interrupt the cooking cycle to shake the contents, ensuring an even crisping.
The second cooking style is dehydration, allowing you to make jerky, fruit and vegetable chips, fruit leather, and more.
Finally, the Instant Vortex has a huge capacity when compared to many air fryers. With a ten-quart capacity, you can prepare six servings in a single cooking cycle. The rotisserie spit can handle up to a four-pound chicken.
How Does the Instant Vortex Work?
The Instant Vortex is an air fryer, a type of countertop convection oven. Air fryers use superheated air produced by a topside heating element to mimic the results of deep-frying. Convection fans circulate the air for a fast and even “frying.” This cooking method is typically at least 20 percent faster than other methods.
Air fryers achieve a facsimile of deep-fried flavor by producing a Maillard reaction. This chemical reaction is the same process that gives deep-fried foods their golden-brown coloration and savory flavor. Air fried foods are moist on the inside and crispy on the outside.
The Instant Vortex also uses an optional rotisserie function to move the food as it cooks. This can result in more even cooking and crisping.
What Comes Inside the Box?
When you unbox your Instant Vortex, you will find the appliance, its accessories, and instruction manuals secured in plastic and protective foam. Accessories include a drip pan, two cooking trays, a rotisserie spit, rotisserie forks, rotisserie basket, and rotisserie fetch tool.
The included start-up manual and safety guide gives basic instructions, but a more detailed instruction manual can be accessed online via the including link.
Included Accessories and Attachments
As mentioned above, the Instant Vortex comes equipped with a number of accessories and attachments. What do these attachments do?
The drip pan is used to catch oil, grease, and crumbs that may fall from food items, especially when the rotisserie function is in use. This increases the safety and ease of cleanup of the appliance.
Two non-stick cooking trays allow you to cook a large amount of food at once. You can place almost any food item on the trays for a fast and crispy snack.
A number of rotisserie accessories make rotational cooking possible. The rotisserie spit is a metal shaft that supports the food item. Rotisserie forks have sharp prongs and are used to keep the item in place, forcing it to turn with the spit rather than just “flopping” to one side as the spit turns within it. The rotisserie basket can be used for air frying smaller items. The basket turns, constantly “stirring” the items within it. The rotisserie fetch tool is used to safely remove the spit or basket from the air fryer.
All included accessories are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
What We Like
The large digital display of the Instant Vortex is easy to read, and the controls are simple. The appliance is therefore easy to operate, even for users who are less comfortable with computer technology. The control panel also allows you to adjust temperature and cooking time while the air fryer is running – without having to stop the cooking cycle and start a new one.
We also appreciate the viewing window, an uncommon feature among most air fryers of this size. This window removes the need to open the oven door in order to check the status of the food item. When using the rotating frying basket, you will not have to stop the cooking cycle to shake the contents. Because heat is not released unnecessarily, food will cook faster and more predictably.
This appliance is lightweight and has a small footprint – less than 15 by 15 inches – especially in comparison to its extra-large capacity. This makes it great for small spaces or dwellings with limited counter space.
What We Don’t Like
Small oven-safe cooking dishes are often used in air fryers. The interior size of this oven does limit what can be used in this air fryer when compared with other air fryer ovens. Dishes must be eight inches or smaller on all sides in order to fit on the air fryer’s trays.
Another downside is the construction of the rotisserie basket. Plastic components are included on the ends of the basket assembly. These may fail after extended use.
Finally, the removable oven door is not dishwasher safe and should not be submerged when hand washing.
What Customers Are Saying
Most Instant Vortex users selected this product because of previous good experiences with Instant Pot products. Most were not disappointed! Customers often commented on the ease of use, the speed at which they were able to prepare meals, the ease of cleanup, and the crispness and flavor of the food.
A few complaints were also observed. Some users noted that the rotisserie basket includes some plastic parts which may melt at high temperatures. Others complained of a “burnt plastic” odor when first using the appliance or of the humming noise produced by the fan.
The Instant Vortex air fryer comes with a one-year limited warranty from the manufacturer. Depending on where you purchase your Instant Vortex, additional protection plans may be available.
Instant Vortex Plus Accessories
Instant Vortex Plus Cookbooks
The Instant Vortex air fryer enjoys good reviews, and fans of the Instant Pot are sure to be satisfied with this newest addition to the Instant family. Combining the two appliances, you can cook almost anything quickly and easily!
More Air Fryer Product Reviews
Our Favorite Instant Vortex Plus Picks
Add Your Own Review
Have you used/using an Instant Vortex Plus Oven? If so, please consider sharing your experience with others by leaving a detailed review below.